Today I want to share one major way that the Lord spoke to me this weekend. He has continually been revealing Himself to me in more profound ways. Not the least of them are through last night’s sermon at the Gathering, during women’s bible studies, through songs on the radio, through my quiet time and through a conversation with Sean, a great friend and dear brother in Christ.
Jesus humbled me yesterday, through the words of this amazing Godly man. Sunday was Sean’s birthday. I walked into the basement of the new building and immediately saw Sean in the distance. I hurried over to him, gave him a BIG bear hug, wished him a “Happy Birthday” and asked him how his day had been. He said “Thanks Becca. It’s been great,” and with much enthusiasm, “People are coming to know Jesus as their personal Savior today!” It saddens me now at my next action. I quickly bypassed his comment for another topic. Squeezing his arm, I said “OH, OH! And how AMAZING was yesterday’s win?” I was referring to Saturday’s WKU Football victory over Arkansas State off of a two-point conversion in overtime.
The birthday boy (also WKU Football Team Chaplain, I might add) was quick to show me what was important. And I thank Sean for that. He responded to my question with a statement that I hope stays with me, “It was good.” He paused. “But people are being saved today! The win was fun but it’s just football. Becca, people are being won by Christ. People know Jesus today! I hope I am always more fired up about the Kingdom growing than I am about a game or a birthday.” Shazzam.
Oh, how badly my ears needed to soak that in. I needed to rest on that for way MORE than a moment. Sean was so right. And I was so NOT. I was actively thinking in my human mind, not from a Heavenly perspective. I should rejoice when Jesus welcomes a new member to the body of Christ. Sadly, and more times than I would like to admit, I find myself more enthusiastic about getting out of work on time, finding a heads-up penny on the ground or finding out that my windshield wipers are functional during a heavy rain than in my joy over gaining a new brother or sister in Christ.
The Lord’s desire is not that. Neither should mine be. My heart’s joy is to be in alignment with His. How terrible that is and how deeply I desire to change that about myself. Through God’s grace and the working of the Holy Spirit, I hope to grow in that.
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” — Romans 10:1
This is my prayer and desire. I want to rejoice like the angels do.
Today is a special day — It’s the one year anniversary of a wonderful friend’s decision to be obedient to Christ through baptism.
Act – Sent Chelsea a Note of Encouragement
I sent a letter in honor and celebration of the decision she made November 15, 2009. Because I mailed her card on Saturday, I anticipate Chelsea receiving it today and I truly hope it brings a smile to her face, for as many times as she does mine. Chelsea is on fire for Christ, passionately seeking after Him and making herself available to His purpose for her life. Her fervor and passion have proven very contagious for many people, including yours truly. I was proud to witness her baptism one year ago and I am just as encouraged to see her flourish in the Word and grow more deeply rooted in God’s Truth.
Chelsea, you rock. Keep rockin’ and do it for Jesus.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” — Romans 6:4
“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” — Romans 6:6
“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” — Romans 10:10
“to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” — Ephesians 4:22-24
“But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, ‘Great is the LORD!’” — Psalm 40:16
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” — Acts 4:12
“And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” — Hebrews 5:9
“Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.” — Isaiah 45:22
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” — John 3:17
Have I overdone it yet? Maybe so, but it is TRUTH. And it serves to encourage me as I write and hopefully it encourages you as you read as well.